IK Multimedia AmpliTube X-Vibe review

From plugins to pedals, AmpliTube sounds arrive in physical form for all you pedalboard enthusiasts out there

IK Multimedia Amplitube X-Vibe
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

All the modulation effects you’ll need, if you only use them one at a time.


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    Massive range of classic modulation sounds.

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    Presets easily saved and recalled.


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    Speed changes in rotary mode are a bit disappointing.

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IK Multimedia, the maker of the long-established AmpliTube guitar amp and effects emulation software, has introduced a series of four X-Gear pedals. There’s one each for modulation, reverb and delay, and the X-Drive, for drive, distortion, fuzz and so on. 

The X-Gear pedals have the same three-footswitch form factor with mono and stereo connectivity and full MIDI implementation. Each has 16 algorithms and up to 300 savable presets that can be managed with the included librarian app and used in AmpliTube 5. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.